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Master of Public Health

Course Description

This fully online (international onshore students are required to study the course on-campus), multidisciplinary degree is designed for health professionals seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in public health, while continuing to work. If you already work in public health, or want to move into this field, this course can prepare you for advancement in your organisation or field, providing you with practical skills and helping you to broaden your knowledge and skill set.

You will gain a thorough grounding in the major areas of public health and also have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest. In your first year you will undertake a number of core units including epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, health policy, public health nutrition and climate change. In your second year you will choose one of the following streams to specialise in:

-Applied epidemiology and biostatistics: epidemiology, geographic information systems, epidemiology of infectious diseases and advanced applied biostatistics
-Public health: public health nutrition practice, organisation of healthcare systems, epidemiology of infectious diseases and health partnerships, politics and power
-Health promotion: health promotion method, health promotion in challenging contexts, evaluation of health promotion, health promotion, media and advocacy
-Health policy and management: organisational ad healthcare system, leadership in healthcare, introduction to health economics, health planning and evaluation

In your second year you will also have the opportunity to carry out research under the guidance of an academic supervisor. You can choose between two research pathways. The first is a 50-credit research project, which you combine with two optional units. For the full list of units, please refer to the Curtin Handbook. The second pathway is more research intensive and comprises a 100-credit research dissertation related to your employment or area of interest.

Master of Public Health students come from a variety of fields, including medicine, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, pharmacy, dentistry, biomedical and lab-based sciences, nutrition, occupational therapy, occupational health, environmental health, health promotion, statistics and management, among others. 

As a graduate, you may work in a number of fields, including health administration, health protection and health promotion. You may work in the public sector or with non-government organisations, such as the Heart Foundation, the Cancer Council, Red Cross, research institutes, universities and with international bodies like the World Health Organization.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Applicants who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Public Health or Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health or equivalent may apply for CRL.

Applicants with at least two years’ post-bachelor work experience may apply for up to one semester (100 credits) of CRL.

How this course will make you industry ready

-The curriculum is designed from a global public health perspective. You will be collaborating with peers from all over the world.
-There are a number of study options available including fully online, full-time or part-time study.
-You will acquire important knowledge and skills, which will benefit you from day one and help you make a difference in your current role.
-You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced teaching staff.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

Visit the Master of Public Health page on the Curtin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree or equivalent, preferably in a health science field, behavioural science, education, social science or management. Minimum English language entry requirements: IELTS Writing- 6.0, Speaking- 6.0, Reading- 6.0, Listening- 6.0, Overall band score- 6.5.

Course Fees

Australian/New Zealand: $22,500, International: $68,800

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